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Women's lacrosse at NCAA semifinals

Dartmouth falls to tournament champion Northwestern

The winningest season in Dartmouth women's lacrosse history ended Fri., May 20, after an 8-4 loss to Northwestern in the NCAA semifinals at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium at the U.S. Naval Academy.

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Midfielder Sarah Sanborn '05 during the May 20 NCAA semifinal game. (photo by Larry French)

Dartmouth, the tournament's fourth seed, finished the season 16-3. It was Dartmouth's third NCAA semifinal appearance, and its first since 1998. The Big Green is now 7-10 all time in the NCAA tournament, and the loss denied head coach Amy Patton her 150th career win.

"This is probably one of the greatest teams I've ever coached at Dartmouth," Patton said. "I'm extremely proud of these players. They worked extremely hard. Northwestern did a good job of limiting us in shots. The teams that did that seemed to be the ones that beat us this year. Our defense really stepped it up in the second half, but it was a little too late."

On a sloppy playing surface following a day of rainy weather, Northwestern scored the game's first four goals, but Dartmouth averted further damage due to the stellar play of goalie Devon Wills '06.

Wills stopped six shots in the half and nine for the game as the Big Green became just the third team this season to hold Northwestern to single digits in goals.

After weathering the Northwestern storm, Dartmouth broke on the board when Sarah Szefi '07 scored three seconds before intermission. Whitney Douthett '07 assisted.

Dartmouth trailed only 4-1 at half time despite Northwestern holding a 13-4 edge in shots and a 5-1 advantage in draws.

Northwestern scored 43 seconds into the second half to forge a 5-1 lead, but Katieanne Christian '05 scored off Douthett's second assist of the night two minutes later.

However, Northwestern iced the game with one goal at 24:31 and another at 12:05. Kristen Zimmer '06 scored off a helper from Margo Duke '07 at 8:36, and Christian followed Northwestern's final goal with a tally with 58 seconds remaining.

For the game, Northwestern held a 22-11 edge in shots. Dartmouth was called for 31 fouls while Northwestern was penalized 15 times.

Christian, one of five finalists for the Tewaaraton Trophy, scored twice in her final collegiate game to reach the 70-point mark on the season.

By JOSH KESSLER

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Last Updated: 12/17/08